How scalp acupuncture is usually applied?

Patients can receive scalp acupuncture treatment in a natural sitting or lying position. Very fine, short needles are inserted superficially in the scalp and generally produce no pain or discomfort. While stimulation is applied to the needles, patients are instructed to follow specific physical and breathing exercises, focusing energy on the target areas.

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How long is a typical treatment session?

A treatment session usually lasts 1 hour. Throughout the session, the needles are manipulated 3 or more times. Needles can be retained in the scalp for 2 to 72 hours. These periods are generally shorter for children. 

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How many treatments are usually needed to obtain results?

Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture is remarkable for its immediate effects. In most cases, patients feel improvement after the first treatment, with these positive responses usually continuing for 3–4 days. To sustain the results, it is often necessary to repeat the treatment. The frequency of treatments is determined by the acuteness and severity of the ailment. For acute conditions, daily treatment or 3–5 treatments per week is recommended. For chronic problems 2 treatments per week may be adequate. 

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Do scalp needles puncture into the brain?

No, our brains are enclosed in skulls so hard that surgeons need an electric drill to perform a brain surgery. The needles used in Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture are so thin that it is impossible to puncture through the bone. Practitioners are trained to avoid needling into areas where the skull bone is removed or not closed, such as an infant's fontanelle.

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Do scalp needles cause bleeding or infection?

Although the scalp is richly supplied with blood vessels, there are no large arteries within the treatment zones of Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture. Therefore bleeding is rare and, when present, is so minimal that it can be stopped easily by light pressure on the bleeding site.

Every practitioner of Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture routinely follows an antiseptic procedure on the scalp, employing only sterilized, single-use disposable needles. The risk of infection is extremely low. Special care is also taken to not needle into inflammed areas. 

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Can patients on blood thinning medication use scalp acupuncture?

Patients on blood thinners such as coumadin can safely use scalp acupuncture. There is no clinical evidence that the needles increase the risk of bleeding.

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Is scalp acupuncture contra-indicated for acute stroke?

No. Quite the contrary, early intervention with Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture is highly recommended. Whether it is an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture can help minimize the scope of damage and promote more rapid recovery. 

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How long is the “On My Feet” Rehabilitation Program?

Each treatment course varies from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the condition. Some chronic conditions require multiple treatment courses with break intervals.
For acute ischemic stroke, the average length is 2 to 4 weeks.
For myelitis, it may take 1 to 6 months.
For Guillain-Barre disease, it may take 2 to 6 weeks.
For spinal cord injury, it may take 3 months to 2+ years.

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